Topical Applications

We’re (I’ve been using the editorial “we” freely this past week, not to be confused with the majestic plural, which I also quite like) launching a passage-writing project, which means, among other things, that the coffee cup is never empty and the day is never done.A new passage project also means a marshaling of the […]

The Pineapple in the Room

Thanks to Carmen at Anonymous Testing Company, Bob Debris (photographer extraordinaire and collector of all manner of news, from ridiculous to sublime), and a friend who’d prefer to remain anonymous and who works at Great Big Huge Test Publishing Company, I’ve been apprised of The Pineapple Debacle. [Thank you, Wikipedia, for the stunning portrait of […]

Send in the Clowns

This story, about the list of topics banned from New York state tests, was the circus show last week: In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, educrats have banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests. I couldn’t help commenting that it’s like complaining about a fleabite when […]